Illinois prison could become home for some Guantanamo detainees
WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- The White House is expected to announce a rural Illinois prison will become the new home for a limited number of Guantanamo Bay detainees.
Administration officials as well as Illinois Sen. Richard Durbin and Gov. Pat Quinn will make the official announcement on Tuesday at the White House.
Officials at both the White House and in Durbin's office confirmed the news Tuesday night.
They said President Barack Obama has directed the government to acquire Thomson Correctional Center in Thomson, Ill., a sleepy town near the Mississippi River about 150 miles from Chicago. A spokesman for Durbin's office said the facility would house federal inmates and no more than 100 detainees.
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